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Steve Vai offers statement on Prince’s death

I spoke with guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Vai nearly a month ago for the Union Leader‘s Weekend section to preview their Generation Axe — A Night of Guitars concert at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.

Vai, along with guitarists Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, will appear at the ballroom on May 7.

But in light of the news that Prince was found dead April 21 at his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota, and considering Prince’s tremendous impact on other guitarists and the world of music, I reached out to Vai’s representative yesterday to find out how Vai felt about Prince and his legacy.


Here’s Vai’s statement:

“Deep sadness… Prince, you were extraordinary and we are grateful, but please hurry up back so you can reinvent music once again.”

Watch for my upcoming preview on Generation Axe for Union Leader’s Weekend section.

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New Foals album on the way; first track debuts Tuesday

FoalsCover whatwentdownFoals’ new album, “What Went Down,” has been announced for release Aug. 28.

The first single, the title track, is out Tuesday, June 16, and will debut on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show June 16 between 7 and 9 p.m. The song will be downloadable directly after it’s played on Radio 1.

The British quintet recorded “What Went Down” in a 19th-century mill in the South of France.

Visit for more, and check out the teaser trailer:

Foals are:

Yannis Philippakis – 29 (vocals/guitar)

Jimmy Smith – 30 (guitar/keys)

Walter Gervers – 31 (bass)

Jack Bevan – 29 (drums)

Edwin Congreave – 31 (keys)

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